Countertenor Randall Scotting impresses and delights audiences with a blend of rich voice, commanding stage presence, and innate musicality. The 2013-14 season began for Mr. Scotting with concerts of music from the early Baroque period at London’s National Gallery; he then sang Giuliano in Cavalli’s opera ‘Eliogabalo’ for the Gotham Chamber Opera in New York (Scotting was lauded by the New York Times as ‘excellent’ and possessing a ‘clarion countertenor’ voice), additionally, while there he presented excerpts from the new work ‘Oscar’ for the Santa Fe Opera. Randall also sang a concert of virtuoso arias by Handel at St. Martin in the Fields in London. Upcoming he will perform the role of the Sorceress in Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aenaes’ for the Bath International Music Festival with the ensemble Florilegium; he presents a programme at the Handel House Museum in London; and he tours Italy with the Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra singing virtuoso arias by Handel. He will also perform as a soloist in ‘Baroque Resurrected’ with the Ballo Baroque Ensemble singing arias from forgotten Italian masterworks, he presents a recital of Baroque works and Contemporary British song in Budapest at the Liszt Museum, and he will be featured with a noted Baroque ensemble in Colorado, singing the virtuoso operatic music of Handel.
The 2011-12 season saw Mr. Scotting singing excerpts from the title role in ‘Oscar,’ a new opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde, at the Opera America Convention and he returned to the role of Stefano in Antonio Caldara’s oratorio ‘Santo Stefano’ with the Savaria Baroque Orchestra for the Dunau Festival in Ulm, Germany ("The title role was sung by the internationally known countertenor Randall Scotting. Fascinating, he took coloratura passages with lightness and brilliance." - Suedwest Presse). Randall also sang as soloist in Colorado for ‘Heroes & Madmen: the art of the castrato’ presenting the arias of Handel and his contemporaries.
In the 2010-11 season Randall performed the title roles in Handel’s ‘Orlando’ with Sacramento Opera and ‘Giulio Cesare’ with Fort Worth Opera (“Scotting was a tall, commanding Caesar, tossing off the coloratura music with assurance and bringing compassion to the many lamentations that dot the piece.” -Fort Worth Weekly). He also sang and recorded the title role in the modern day premiere of Antonio Caldara’s oratorio ‘Santo Stefano’ with the ensemble Savaria Baroque in Budapest.
During 2009-2010 Mr. Scotting appeared in Budapest singing the title roles in Handel’s ‘Orlando’ with the Liszt Ferenc Orchestra and Vivaldi’s ‘il Tigrane’ with the Budapest Kamaraoper; he also joined the New York Philharmonic for Ligeti’s opera ‘Le Grand Macabre’; and he performed with Minnesota Opera in Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’. In Germany, he sang in a series of Opera Gala concerts for the Landestheater Neustrelitz, and after presenting recitals in several venues in Hungary, he returned to Germany to sing the role of Ottone in Handel’s ‘Agrippina’.
In 2008 Mr. Scotting was seen twice at Carnegie Hall, first under the baton of Maestro Ton Koopman in works of Handel, and later in an improvised performance piece with Bobby Mcferrin; he also sang Prince Orlofsky in ‘Die Fledermaus’, and performed the Contemporary masterwork ‘Eight Song’s for a Mad King’ by Peter Maxwell Davies. Randall was the featured soloist on a professionally released CD of a new cantata entitled Dive, and he performed in recital as a member of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. As a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Mr. Scotting specialized in the study and performance of the region’s Folk and Contemporary music, focusing on the works of Béla Bartók and György Ligeti.
In previous seasons, Mr. Scotting worked with New York City Opera in Handel’s ‘Flavio’ and ‘Agrippina’; he performed Oberon in Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for the Des Moines Metro Opera; he sang Orfeo in ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ by Gluck in Colorado; and in concert, he performed as the vocal soloist in Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot Lunaire’. Randall sang in the Festival Dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy) performances of Vivaldi’s ‘Ercole sul Termodonte’, conducted by Alan Curtis with il Complesso Barocco (also available on DVD); he sang Oberon in the Juilliard Opera Center performances of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; and he worked with Opera Colorado in Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’. He also performed Athamas in Handel’s ‘Semele’; the Dying Swan in Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’; and he sang as soloist in the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi in South American, among other engagements.
Mr. Scotting is an award winner of the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition (2008), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (where he was a 2006 District winner), the Denver Lyric Opera Guild (2006), and the Dallas Opera Guild (2004). Randall Scotting is a native of Colorado and received his Performer’s Certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Bachelor of Music from Butler University (Indiana) with further studies as a guest artist with the Juilliard Opera Center and at the Royal College of Music in London.
last updated: April 10, 2013